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ClimateWire and EnergyWire {two new trials}

Through April 5th, Middlebury College has access to two new publications about environmental and energy policy: ClimateWire and EnergyWire, both by Environment & Energy Publishing (E&E).

Solar panels from Self Reliance

Middlebury currently provides access to the following E&E publications:

Environment & Energy Daily, E&E Daily (A daily news service focused on environmental and energy issues in Congress)
Greenwire (Daily stories energy and environmental policy)
Land Letter (A weekly natural resources report)
E&ENews PM (A late afternoon roundup providing coverage of policy news around the country and the world)
E&ETV (Featuring in-depth interviews and analysis with energy and environmental policy leaders)

All of these publications are available through E&E’s website,  and on our New & Trial Resources page (go/trials).

Please send comments to Rebekah Irwin (rirwin@middlebury.edu) or your library liaison.

Digital microfilm for the Boston Globe, New York Times, Burlington Free Press

Middlebury College now has access to a selection of regional and national microfilmed newspapers with full graphics without the need of traditional microfilm equipment.

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Visit Proquest Digital Microfilm or the New & Trial Resources Research Guide (go/newresources).

Currently, our access includes The Burlington Free Press (2010-forward), Boston Globe (Jan 2008-forward) and The New York Times, East Coast late edition (Jan 2008-forward).

Is this a dagger which I see before me? No, it’s online Shakespeare videos

Is this a dagger which I see before me? Macbeth (II, i, 33)

You can hear this famous line, among many others, in one of 37 new online Shakespeare plays now available to the Middlebury community. These full-length plays are based on newly restored master recordings and include closed-captioning. Performed originally by the BBC, the plays feature well-known British actors, including Alan Rickman, a.k.a. Professor Severus Snape. Here’s a short sample (from YouTube). Our full-length videos are here.

Two New Civil War Collections Won for Special Collections

Erastus Hibbard Phelps Collection

The winning bid on the Archive of Civil War paymaster Erastus Hibbard Phelps, Middlebury Class of 1861, was made at auction by Andy Wentink, Curator of Special Collections & Archives. The archive was one among nearly 350 lots of American History, including Civil War, materials offered by Cowan’s Auctions in Cincinnati, OH, last Friday morning, December 2. The Phelps Archive comprises 334 letters, 4 diaries (3 from Civil War years), 2 bound volumes including a photo album containing portraits of graduates of the Middlebury Class of 1861, many of which are inscribed to Phelps. The archive also includes two photos of Phelps previous to his years at Middlebury, his paymaster sidearm (a Colt 1851 Navy 36 caliber pistol), what is believed to be his sheepskin winter jacket worn on duty, and a leather documents trunk carried during his service.

Andy also made the winning bid on another Civil War archive, 54 Letters of 2nd Lieut. Ephraim L. Hackett, Wisconsin 1st Light Artillery. Born in Maine in 1837, Ephraim L. Hackett was living in Baraboo, Wisconsin, in August 1861, when he enlisted as a Sergeant in the 1st Independent Battery, Wisconsin Light Artillery. Small in number and mobile, the Battery recruited barely over 100 men before being sent into the field in Kentucky that Fall, then went on to fight up and down the Mississippi Valley until the end of the war.

These two important Civil War collections significantly enhance Middlebury’s already impressive Civil War era archival holdings including the Aldace Walker (Middlebury Class of 1862) Letters, the Calvin Parker Letters, the Civil War Archive of Professor Kit Wilson, and nearly 100 Civil War era letters from individual writers.

The purchase of the Phelps and Hackett archives was made possible through the generous partial funding from the Friends of the Davis Family Library, the Middlebury College Museum of Art, the Julian W. Abernethy Fund, and the Davis Family Library.

Help us make the LIS website better!

We’re temporarily adding pop-up surveys to four of our main web pages. Not everyone will see a survey, but if you are one of the lucky chosen ones, we urge you please to say “yes” and share your feedback. If you do, at the end of your use of the selected page, you’ll be asked 5 short questions – really basic stuff like “What were looking for?”, “Did you find it?” with a chance to tell us what you hoped to find if you didn’t!

The pages we’re checking are go/lis  go/lib  go/helpdesk and go/ct

Thank you for your help. The results of this and other user needs analysis activities (UNA) will be shared with LIS in a future posting.

The LIS Website Team.

Trial access to Yomiuri (a Japanese newspaper)

In collaboration with the libraries of Bryn Mawr, Haverford, Swarthmore Colleges and others, Middlebury College has trial access for one month to Yomiuri Shinbum, a.k.a. Yomiuri Shimbun (読売新聞), one of several major Japanese newspapers, from the inaugural issue in 1874 to the present, along with the English edition, the Daily Yomiuri (Sept. 1989- to the present).

All full text articles of Yomiuri Shinbun from 1874 to 1989 are available with the exception of some articles with copyright restrictions dating from 1986 to present.

Visit the Japanese edition of Yomiuri online, the Daily Yomiuri English edition and then see what Wikipedia has to say about Yomiuri.

To see all of our current trials and new resources, visit  go/trials.

Please send comments to Rebekah Irwin (rirwin@middlebury.edu) or to your LIS liaison.